I haven’t posted on this blog since 19th September, which is pretty bloody slack. But I have reasons …
I’ve been an immigrant in Australia for a little over a year now. Quite frankly, I hated it when I first arrived. Nanny state with the lockout laws and the squat, angry policemen booking people for crossing the road before the little green man was lit up. And it was too fucking hot.
Getting a job was a struggle because I didn’t go to the correct school. The fact I can spell, add up and have a reasonable grasp of grammar seemed to count for nothing.
Anyway, I persevered and found myself something a little different. Things started to settle down and I realised that despite its glaring faults, Sydney ain’t so bad. So I decided to stay.
In June I released Pills, a short story collection.
There have been a few great reviews of it – most recently by the wonderful Liz Scanlon here: https://liisthinks.blog/2017/12/20/pills-by-jack-binding-shortstories-horror/
And I intended to carry on with this novel I’d been working on that made Pills read like Beatrix Potter, but in October I became a father, and since my life has been pretty damn busy.
It’s the best thing that has ever happened to me, and I love the little guy so much. Babies have an innocence about them, which was something my life was sorely lacking. He has given me a little humanity back.
So in between the sleepless nights and the nappies and the juggling a job where I have to fly interstate, there hasn’t been a lot of time for Jack Binding’s morbid fiction.
But next year. 2018.
I’ll be back. Don’t you worry.
Anyway, as a little post-Christmas gift, Pills will be free between 26th and 30th December.
(In lieu of a relevant title picture, please enjoy the picture of my toy poodle trying to mount my brother-in-law’s mini schnauzer.)